Canisius College and the Charles A. Lindbergh Elementary School in the Kenmore-Tonawanda UFSD have had a long-standing partnership. Dr. Rosemary Murray and Dr. Mary Shea of the Canisius College Graduate Literacy Program began the partnership, and their collaboration with the faculty at the school led to the publication of Drowning in Data: How to Collect, Organize and Document Student Performance in 2005. They continue to send grauate literacy interns to Lindbergh each year.
Dr. Julie Henry, Chair of the Education Department at Canisius College, teaches graduate and undergraduate childhood courses on-site at Lindbergh School. Canisius Students observe and assist in the classrooms as part of the requirements. Classroom teachers and the principal co-teach these courses by offering guest lectures, developing course materials and mentoring students.
In close partnership with the faculty and principal Michael Muscarella, Lindbergh has become a Professional Development School. The faculty and staff at Lindbergh and Canisius College School of Education have collaborated on the creation of diverse projects which focus on improving teacher education and student learning. In addition to improving learning, Canisius College students learn about professionalism through powerful learning experiences at Lindbergh. Students have the unique opportunity to take classes on site at Lindbergh and get hands-on experiences in a classroom with their cooperating teacher mentors. These experiences are crucial to growing as a teacher candidate.
Another opportunity available to students at Canisius College is Undergraduate Research. Teams of Canisius faculty, teacher candidates, classroom teachers, and the principal have presented about the joint research projects and collaborative service projects at the National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) annual conferences.In the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2012 two undergraduate students, Alayla Henry and Allison Borth, participated in an undergraduate research project at Lindbergh with Dr. Henry and kindergarten teacher Debra Tybor. Alayla and Allison were exposed to the process of intensive intervention as well as working with at-risk kindergarten students in basic letter recognition and sounds. This research was presented at the NAPDS conference in Las Vegas this year and submitted for publication.
When asked about undergraduate research at Canisius College, Alison Borth stated, “Undergraduate research was an enriching experience. As an undergraduate research student, I was able to work one-on-one with students to offer them the help and support that they needed. We found that our intervention clearly helped these students, and it was rewarding to be a part of their success. I also became familiar with a variety of resources that I can use to help my future students, and now understand the benefits of Response to Intervention (RTI). This has been a wonderful opportunity, and I have grown as a future teacher through this process.”
Over the past several years, Canisius student teachers placed at Lindbergh have been involved in developing literacy kits for the kindergarten, first grade, and special education teachers. Activities in these kits are implemented both by Canisius students and classroom teachers in group and individual settings.
Canisius College Community Partnership Award
Lindbergh Elementary School was awarded the 2009 Cansius College School of Education and Human Services Community Partnership Award. Lindbergh won this award due to their outstanding efforts to improve teacher education and student learning. Faculty and staff at Lindbergh were recognized for being extremely collaborative with faculty and staff from Canisius College in helping to match teacher candidates with the appropriate settings. In addition, Lindbergh was honored for their unique partnership activities with Canisius College that have impacted the quality of the program provided to Canisius College students. These activities include offering an extraordinary quantity of quality placements for field experiences, participating in collaborative research, and hosting student teaching cohorts focused on action research and collaborative service.
Student Testimonial about their Experience at Lindbergh Elementary School
Lindbergh gave us countless development opportunities, especially regarding Common Core, that connected directly with the education classes at Canisius. I felt very supported by the Canisius faculty who oversaw our connections between our classrooms in the elementary school and back at college. They ensured that we were not simply reading about theories and practices, but actually having chances to try them out with students. I have actually used several of the strategies regarding teaching Common Core Standards in E.L.A. that I learned through professional development through Lindbergh/Canisius connection in my classroom today.
- Sandy Casey '12
For more information contact: Dr. Julie Henry, Professor and Chair of the Education Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org.